Rankings website College Factual has named the best colleges and universities in the nation for adult students, defined as age 24 and up. The website weighed its decisions based on flexibility, high-quality outcomes and other criteria important to non-traditional students. Continue reading
Teachers watch with anticipation every year as Golden Apple (in the Chicago area) and the Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford go through the process of fielding nominations for outstanding teachers, making personal visits to the finalists’ classrooms and then finally selecting Golden Apple award winners.
This year, four National Louis University alumni got the thrill of having the media, their principals, officials and others surprise them in their classroom with the exciting news they had won Golden Apple awards for excellence in teaching. Golden Apple bestowed awards to two Chicago-area teachers, and Golden Apple of Rockford bestowed two to teachers in northern Illinois. Continue reading
Each year, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, a nonprofit organization, honors one graduating senior from each four-year university in the state as its student Lincoln Laureate. The student must have excelled in curricular and extracurricular activities.
Jeremy Kwitschau of Batavia is representing National Louis University as its 2017-18 Lincoln Laureate. Kwitschau is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems in NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement. He traveled to Springfield on Saturday, Nov. 11 to receive his certificate of merit, Lincoln medallion and a $1,000 check. Gov. Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner presented the awards to Illinois’ top students in the Old State Capitol Historic Site. Continue reading
National Louis University has earned the 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award (#DLIAward), for its Pathways at NLU initiative. The Online Learning Consortium, a collaborative community of educators dedicated to promoting quality digital learning, selected NLU and two other institutions, as well as 10 faculty-led teams, to receive the award from among 60 submissions from around the nation.
The Pathways team was honored for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware. Continue reading
NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., was honored with the AARP 50@50+ Illinois Award and featured in a gallery of award winners in Crain’s Chicago Business on Nov. 6.
AARP called Megahed and the other recipients “champions of leadership” and hailed the fact they are breaking perceptions and building possibilities.
The magazine noted that Dr. Megahed has launched the New Urban University Coalition, which uses shared knowledge and findings to improve higher education for urban students. It also noted that NLU welcomes older adults and retirees, which has resulted in a student population in which 12 percent are over the age of 50, three times the average at colleges statewide.
The other 49 honorees included leading business people, CEOs, doctors, writers, tech entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, artists and musicians.
Thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Louis University will be able to strengthen its affordable and rigorous college education program for high-potential students who have economic, cultural and academic vulnerabilities. The Pathways program continuously tests and improves its curriculum and wraparound (practical) support strategies to keep students on-track for college, career and life success.
The Gates grant will enable NLU to expand two key areas of the Pathways program at a time when it must build infrastructure for the long term. Continue reading
Aurora Flores Garcia, a student success coach in National Louis University’s Pathways program, has been named a 2018 Fellow by the Surge Institute, whose mission is to educate, develop and prepare leaders of color in the field of education.
The Chicago-based Surge Institute selected 25 young leaders, including Flores Garcia, for its yearlong program, which includes executive skill training, leadership development and exposure to respected leaders and policymakers in education. Fellows will develop their own leadership and advocacy skills. They will also complete individual capstone projects. Continue reading
The Center for Digital Education, a national research institute specializing in education technology trends, has named National Louis University’s Aarti Dhupelia to its Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America.
Dhupelia, vice president for strategic initiatives, won because NLU’s Pathways program, which she oversees, uses adaptive courseware and extensive data collection and analysis to support learners through the program. Continue reading
Recognizing that students aged 24 and older fall outside the profile of the typical 18- to-24-year-old college student, rankings website College Factual has compiled a list of 988 colleges and universities nationally which are best for these returning students. College Factual ranked National Louis University in 19th place in the nation, behind Stanford University and just ahead of Cornell University.
According to the Fiscal Times, which reported on College Factual’s findings, the rankings website’s analysis considers factors such as demonstrable success after graduation, the percentage of students over age 24 and the availability of flexible learning. Continue reading
Congratulations are in order for several National Louis University faculty and staff members who received annual awards at Fall Connection, a two-day back-to-school kickoff event featuring conferences, meetings and a festive awards ceremony.
During the Sept. 6-7 event, faculty and staff heard addresses by Provost Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., Board Chairman Scott Smith and President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D. They also attended Impact sessions on topics such as community engagement and philanthropy. They had plenty of time to discuss ideas about NLU’s goals and how to best serve students. Continue reading